Feed Lot

DEC 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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McCully suggests multi-trait selection to produce cat- tle that capture more of all the money left on the table. "Those genetics are out there," he says. "Cattle that can reach the premium grades with fewer days on feed, without excess fat. Cattle that can fix some of our car- c ass weight issues." D epending on the market, the cattle need some abil- ity to be carried to heavier weights. "Cattle with flexibility. Maybe that's how we need to think about it," McCully says. "It's not easy to do, but it can be done, and I think it needs to be the goal of every cattleman out there." Balance for cattle on the ranch, balance for those on the rail. Table 2 Table 3 National Beef Quality... continued page 25 u SOURCE: NBQA 2016 SOURCE: NBQA 2016 Looking at both the genetic ability and recent ad- vancements in quality grade, McCully says, "Angus cat- tle deserve a lot of that credit." Angus-type cattle increased from 45% of fed cattle in 2000 to 58% in 2016 [see table 2], and took over sev- e ral more percentage points just in the last year. " Then when you look at the marbling advantage of those Angus-type cattle, they are significantly higher [see table 3]. We've got more of them and they are of a higher-quality grade, so it seems pretty logical we can look to and compliment Angus breeders for this significant uptick in quality." It's something to celebrate and then make better.

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